Our best advice is to retain the services of an Alberta Land Surveyor for the reasons described above.
An alternative to hiring a surveyor is to locate the survey pins that were originally placed where the lot lines intersect on your property. Survey pins are typically metal and are placed in the ground by an Alberta Land Surveyor. A one metre-long metal pin is typically inserted at the exact intersection of two or more property lines.
If you are unable to locate your survey pins, ask your neighbours if they have had to recently locate the survey pins for their properties. This could save you the trouble of having to find them yourself. If no one knows where they are, you could use a shovel to probe the area of ground where they are assumed to be located, as the pins can be a foot or more below grade. If that proves fruitless, you may need to use a metal detector to help find them.
A metal detector might help you locate your pins, but beware, the loud beeping may simply mean you’ve found an old bottle cap. Please also be aware that measurements based on your found location of the pins using more commonly available methods, such as a measuring tape, performed by anyone other than an Alberta Land Surveyor shall be treated as approximate. The reason for this is there may be differences, such as angle of a property line or dimension, in the measurements that you make and those made by a surveyor.
File Search Request for a Real Property Report
If you require a copy of your Real Property Report (RPR) you can submit a request for a file search to see if we have a copy.
A General File Search (including search for Real Property Reports) is $25.00 per Municipal Address. There is an additional fee of $25.00 to copy any documents located for you.
Requests can be submitted electronically by emailing a completed File Search Application to: email@example.com